As the drama continues to unfold surrounding the Varsity Blues Scandal in the US, one thing is becoming clear – Lori Loughlin does not think she’s going to jail. The former Fuller House and Hallmark star has rejected a plea deal that could have reduced her sentence, with Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli reportedly thinking they could ‘skate by’ after being charged with spending $500,000 in bribes to gain their daughters admission to USC. Sources close to the actor feel that Loughlin is in denial about how serious the allegations are against the couple. We hate to break it to you, Lori, but sometimes celebs go to jail, especially when it looks like they are most likely guilty.
Fellow actor Felicity Huffman agreed to a plea deal earlier this month in order to avoid a public court case and to reduce her sentence to as little as four months, but Loughlin, who spent much more than Huffman’s $15,000 to make it appear as though her daughters were on the USC crew team, faces a harsher penalty of up to 40 years in jail.
“She has been in complete denial and thought maybe she could skate by,” a source told E! this week. “She refused to accept any jail time and thought the DA was bluffing.”
Loughlin and Mossimo are among the 16 parents in the scandal who were hit with additional charges on April 9, with the pair now facing a second indictment of conspiring to commit money fraud and laundering. Having already been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, the second indictment comes with an additional 20 years on top of the 20 years they were already facing.
Holy hell. That’s a long time for doing a dumb thing. We’re not saying that Loughlin was right to bribe and commit fraud and money laundering, but there are murderers who do less time. 40 years?
Loughlin has been spotted in public a handful of times since the initial charges against her were levied, but according to E!, the second indictment has started to force the actor to consider the fact that she may serve time. A lot of time.
While the scandal has reportedly caused a rift in Loughlin and Giannulli’s marriage (no kidding) and shown the couple who their ‘real’ friends are, the pair can count on the support of Loughlin’s Fuller House castmates. In March, Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin and Andrea Barber accepted the award for Favorite Funny TV Show at the Kids Choice Awards and gave Loughlin a shout of support during the speech, with Bure saying “And where there’s a lot of heart, there’s a lot of love and a loving family sticks together no matter what. They stick together through the hard times, they support each other, they encourage one another, they pray for each other and they stand by their side no matter how tough it gets and a loving family that also sticks together, also celebrates the really good times.”
Thoughts and prayers for Aunt Becky.